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Old 06-28-2014, 03:57 PM   #11
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Not sure if your dog would like being on a leash, but one of the things we had Reace do on the Lark was to weld a small loop on the back of the frame where we an attach a long rope that prevents Murphy-the-Dog from escaping. It is useful, especially when we are setting up or taking down.
I've done this with a motorhome, using the safety chain loop of the hitch on the back.

When I mentioned this in another forum I was accused of endangering the dog by risking driving away forgetting that he was attached. Since I'm not an idiot, I'm not concerned by this.

I wouldn't do this with the trailer, only because we have never had a dog small enough for this to work: I don't want the trailer jerked around by the dog pulling on the cable (and the motorhome is much bigger). And yes, that's cable... I have not found light chains as strong as cable, and our current dog would just chew a rope off (quickly).
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Old 06-28-2014, 04:02 PM   #12
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I repeat.
Last year my buddy tied his Brittany Spaniel to an awning arm by a 30' rope.
Dog spots bird. 'BIRD, BIRD BIRD' and runs full tilt until he was out of rope. Dog didn't suffer any damage, but the awning arm was bent and had to be straightened out before it could be closed.
Don't do that.
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Old 06-28-2014, 04:17 PM   #13
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It's hard when you want to go somewhere without your dogs and you need to make a decision on what to do. Depending on the dog, you can tie them out, but they may run into distraction issues. Most parks have some rules about leaving dogs unattended. I got chastised at a Malibu, CA park for leaving my dogs in the camper unattended. I wouldn't go camping without them though.
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Old 06-28-2014, 04:29 PM   #14
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Last year at the Oregon Gathering, some fools left their dog in their trailer while they went out shopping or sight-seeing or something and it was for hours. That dang dog barked NON-STOP while they were gone. It was miserable for those camped near that particular trailer. I don't think most pet owners have any idea what their pets do when left alone, unless someone tells them. I think the couple that left their dog in the trailer got a real earful from their neighbors when they returned. Fortunately, they were NOT Oregon Gathering participants or they would have heard from me and I wasn't even camped in that loop. A barking dog really grates on my nerves...
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Most of the time one of us will stay and the other will leave. If we both must go we either take the dogs with us or leave them in the trailer, closed up with the a/c on and tell a neighbor. If the power goes out, they will call mx and we will will go home. Never left them for more than 2-3 hours max in that scenario.
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Old 06-28-2014, 04:57 PM   #16
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Last year my buddy tied his Brittany Spaniel to an awning arm by a 30' rope.
Dog spots bird. 'BIRD, BIRD BIRD' and runs full tilt until he was out of rope. Dog didn't suffer any damage, but the awning arm was bent...
Right - bumpers and hitches are much more appropriate.

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... some fools left their dog in their trailer while they went out shopping or sight-seeing or something and it was for hours. That dang dog barked NON-STOP while they were gone...
Good point - the fact that an anchor point is secure doesn't mean the dog should be left unattended; however, even when the owner is present a fence, crate, or tie-out method is needed to have the dog outside... unless you want to hold a leash all the time.
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I've found that if you need to leave your dogs in your camper, they may feel some separation anxiety and bark. What works pretty well is what cpaharley2008 suggests, plus turning on some music, or TV so they don't hear what's outside. Closing the blinds/curtains so they can't see out helps too. I've considered a muzzle, but couldn't do it. A few hours max is all you can be away from your babies anyhow.

Note to self. Keep dogs quiet while at Bandon. : Sure don't want to grate on Donna's nerves.
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On barking. That's why you should travel with cats.
You can put them in the microwave when you go out.
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On barking. That's why you should travel with cats.
You can put them in the microwave when you go out.
No no no Gbaglo, That's only after you have added soy sauce and a little duck sauce can you put them in the microwave.:}

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